what can you do for fun????

By Alyssa512 Latest Reply 2010-03-30 01:57:47 -0500
Started 2010-03-28 17:33:23 -0500

As a newly diagnosed type1 diabetic I am bored. Everytime i go for my "adventures" in the woods i get sick. I cant eat "good" food. I cant go out to partys but only to be the boring dd (i refuse to be) because I was told drinking and drugs and smoking is a big fat ass Nooo!!! speaking i guess to tthe younger crowd or older, whoever likes to have fun in not a boring way, what do you do??? im thinking i am going to have to learn to crochet and invest in word puzzle books lol. (no insults just being funny)

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Kira_xo 2010-03-30 01:57:47 -0500 Report

I take pictures. I am by noo means a photographer, but It's something I really like doing. I also love editing pictures with my picture program (paint shop pro) So in my spare time I like to go out back and take pictures of my son and stuff I find interesting. It does suck being young and diabetic (Im 22) because I feel like I cant go out and party with people my own age..but at the same time I am married with a child so I wouldn't feel right doing them anyway lol. I also love to read, soo when I get a chance away from life I will chillax with a good book. Also, I have become more of less a shop-a-holic. I can go to the mall, stroll around with the son, keep him entertained, and at the same time, Im kinda exercising because Im walking all around.

GabbyPA 2010-03-29 10:29:50 -0500 Report

Oh, never give up on your adventures. You just have to learn how to do them safely. I love hiking in the woods, I love camping and all those kinds of outdoor events. Now, I am a type 2, so I have a little more flexibility, but you can learn how to have fun.

John Crowley is very active and his son is type 1. He will have a lot of great suggestions for you to keep your active lifestyle. I was afraid of my first camping trip, but I got a lot of great advice that helped me out.

Here are some links: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/220-camping-food



This should give you a great starting point. Since you are new at it, it is a lot to consider. I would start with small trips, like half day and stay where you can get home or to help if you need it. Make sure your family knows and understands what you need and helps you in that way. That makes a huge difference. Take it kind of easy in the beginning, learn how far you can push your body and what it does. Just take your time. I would hate for you to give up that adventurous self for a crochet needle.

Alyssa512 2010-03-29 11:35:27 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby thanks for the tips & the links. We have a few acres in my parents back yard that i love to run through and swing of vines lol like playing tarzan im a big ole kid and I camp out there to. id die if i had to give up my outdoors life. besides getting
the band my party life has faded since january which blows but if i had to pick and choose id stick with my wild adventures ;)

GabbyPA 2010-03-29 18:19:54 -0500 Report

No pity parties allowed...well, in theory anyway. LOL Have fun, that is key, but be safe so you can have fun the next time. I am not saying don't swing on those vines, but just make sure that your levels are in a good place before you start and keep something handy to boost your levels if they start to drop. And always have a buddy with you or someone who knows where you are going and how long you expect to be gone.

Perhaps focusing on what you CAN do instead of what you can't and it will make the adjustment a lot easier.

Elrond 2010-03-29 00:47:40 -0500 Report

As an addendum: as far as 'good' food, my friends consider me to be a gourmet chef. I scour the internet for diabetic-friendly recipes and try the ones that sound good. My success rate is pretty good and friends keep coming back for more. I've posted several of my favorites in the recipe section here.

Elrond 2010-03-28 22:43:01 -0500 Report

I never let my diabetes stop me from doing anything I want to do. For many years, I played in various country / western bands across the midwest. Along the way I worked with some of the all-time greats like Stonewall Jackson, Jim Ed Brown, Billy Walker, and many others. My stroke in 1994 put a crimp in performing but I stored up a lot of memories and I can still play well enough for my own enjoyment. Now, my occupation is also my consuming hobby; I write science fiction novels. I currently have three books of a series published with the fourth completed and only awaiting artwork for the cover. I'm plugging away on book five and starting to think of book six. With the entire galaxy as a playground, what else could I ask for?

Alyssa512 2010-03-29 11:28:20 -0500 Report

Wow that's crazy (good) Elrond youve done alot thats awesome!!! youve made your way around with music and writing. i hope to travel with my music oneday but we are small town local right now. that stroke must of been tough. What do you play? What are your books called?

Alyssa512 2010-03-28 21:26:45 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the suggestions everybody. I am mobile. I can still get up and do stuff and have fun. I was having a self pity party after a blow up with my boyfriend. Im having a hard ass time getting use to the do's and dont's and what i can or cant handle with my blood sugars.

spiritwalker 2010-03-28 20:42:43 -0500 Report

Having fun means different things to different people. Even now that I am
retired I find plenty to do. I enjoy reading, crochet, knitting,volunteer
work, helping out at my church. Since I now have a computer I enjoy
extended learning options. I also belong to a couple of health related
web sites. Its a good thing I can't work any longer. I don't know where
I would fit it in my day.

trey66 2010-03-28 19:52:20 -0500 Report

I fish, hike, bike riding, camping but I realy enjoy fishing. Me and my boy's go fishing alot.

I like to enjoy myself and do what ever I want to do…

jayabee52 2010-03-28 19:31:14 -0500 Report

As long as you know how to avoid lows you certainly CAN go for "adventures" in the woods. As long as you know how to manage your diabetes you should be able to do almost anything that non-D ppl do.

I used to dance a lot before I married Jem - East Coast, West Coast, Single time swing. Square, Contra & English Country dances, Salza & Meringue, Texas & Ballroom Two step Polka, schottische, and Waltz. Used to go swing dancing nearly every Sunday night, Contras were 2x month on Sats. ECD 2x mo on Tues. and the others, whenever the opportunity arose. That's when I was living in Las Vegas. I still love to dance, but I'm in a new environment, so I haven't yet found out where the good venues to dance are.

Then there is bowling, movies, plays, getting involved in a church or community organization.

You could google Meetup.com and they may be able to tell you what is available to do around you. Most of the stuff that any non D person can do, you can do IF you take precautions to keep you safe from a bad reaction from D

MAYS 2010-03-28 19:22:34 -0500 Report

When boredom sets in I tend to fall back on my previous profession as a photographer, pick up my cameras, travel or just go into the studio and photograph a few models, although I have many interest, music, photography and a peaceful outing along the waterfront normally does wonders for me.


Harlen 2010-03-28 19:04:21 -0500 Report

I do whatever I like to do
I like to go for a week or so in the woods camoing I dont have any prob with eatting right ???? Are you aon a pump?????
Best wishes

Roy531 2010-03-28 18:31:29 -0500 Report

I enjoy time with my daughter and granddaughter, will take my granddaughter shopping from time to time if she needs something, also have a step grandson he's a lot of fun. Enjoy traveling when ever I can which at the moment is not possible because of my mother, she's 89 and doesn't get around like she use to but try to get to Arkansas to see her brother every June if she is up to it. Being a diabetic in no bed of roses, that's for sure and if I go on any outing always have something with me in case my sugar drops too low.

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